The Department of the Treasury set up the Kansas City Financial Center in 1935 to pay money the government owes.
More than 80 years later, the Center handles payments for more than 300 federal agencies. The Center also helps collect debts people owe to federal and state agencies, handles transactions with foreign money, and supports the government's financial programs.
In the beginning, Center employees wrote checks by hand. That would not work today when the Center sends out more than 1 billion items a year.
Today, the Center sends out most payments by electronic funds transfer. For the paper checks that the Center still issues, we have high-speed printers capable of printing more than 80,000 checks per hour and intelligent inserting machines that correctly connect each check with any other documents that must go in the same envelope.